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Welcome to GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS! I’m Sarah Gish, an info-preneur and culture sleuth who finds the unusual and cool in Houston each and every week. Join me as I shine a light on special gems and unique Houston fun. I love this city and want to show you the people and the places and the events that make it great (see more about my wishes for that here). And I want to make it easy so I sort through the cornucopia of events offered each weekend and PICK only three for FAMILIES and three for ADULTS to recommend to you. That way you’ll be all set when Friday hits! If you’re new here, please read below for more about this blog and then check out my PICKS for this weekend, further below.

Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!


Yippee -- it’s April so it’s time to celebrate POETRY. I truly love that National Poetry Month is a thing because I feel poems are so under-appreciated and misunderstood. They’re really just unique word paintings! Poetry lovers abound in Houston so there’s plenty to enjoy this month. Kick it up this Sunday, April 7 at 3pm at the annual “Space City Grand Slam featuring top youth poets from around the city. One of my fave things is the Writers in the School/WITS program, “Poem of the Day,” in which you can read poems by their many talented students; WITS is also doing pop-up poetry installations at select H-E-B stores and you can see more about those herePublic Poetry is a nonprofit that presents events such as REELpoetry -- Houston’s first international poetry film fest – and monthly poetry readings at libraries. The Houston Poetry Summit is a great resource of events and more. And if you want to pen your own poems, head to Inprint most Fridays from 9am-noon for peaceful musing at their Inprint Writing Café.” Inprint has a full calendar of events so be sure to check out their many programs while you’re there. This week’s VIDEO PICK highlights our outgoing Poet Laureate, Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton (the new one will be announced soon!). And, hey, if you like poetry and cooking, check out Eat This Poem.

Ya’ll know how much I loving exploring Houston – but you may not know how much I ADORE scavenger hunts! This event – Rediscover Houston-- is a perfect combo of both things and has the added joy of helping a worthy nonprofit, Amaanah Refugee Services. It’s taking place on Saturday, April 20, noon-5pm, starting at Baldwin Park. See you there!


We are the most diverse city in the country, not only because of the over 150 languages spoken here every day, but also because of the diversity of events offered and places to hang our (cowboy) hats. Because of that, I decided back in 2004 to start sharing my adventures in Houston and my knowledge of it with others via GISH PICKS. And, since 2016, I have been bringing it to life with my PICKS-ON-WHEELS Facebook Live segments in which I travel around our city in my Phoenix Rising Art Car. Stay tuned here for more details! My adventures will sometimes be posted as my weekly VIDEO PICK in this blog.

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And, last but not least: this blog is free to you, my dear reader, but it’s not free for me to produce. I pay my designer and I spend many hours researching, compiling, and writing GISH PICKS each week. If you have an event you’d like me to PICK, please email me and let’s see how I can help. With me on your team, you’ll reach thousands of Houstonians in a quick-and-easy way!

Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of April 5-7, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of April 5-7, 2019

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft


It’s time for the first Saturday family fun event at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft! This Saturday, April 6, from 11am-3pm, come to “Hands-On Houston: Pinch Pots” where kids can make art inspired by the current exhibition, “To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork.” They’ll explore a variety of styles using kid-friendly materials and will learn how design can influence functionality.



My April GISH AT THE MOVIES feature is WorldFest, a unique independent film screening festival unspooling at the Cinemark Theatres in Memorial City this Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 14. Viewers can catch around 60 feature film premieres, with an emphasis on American and international independent feature films and an annual spotlight on an individual country and its films. This year they are presenting their 5th annual spotlight on China. Also featured are shorts, a family-friendly screening this Sunday, April 7 at 1pm, and much more. The full schedule is here.

Aurora Picture Show and Menil Collection


Nothing says fun like hanging outside and watching a mish-mash of movies on a big screen! That’s exactly what you’ll get at “BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer)this Friday, April 5, 8-10pm at The Menil Collection. This free event is a lively, annual evening of community-sourced projections covering the museum’s façade, featuring contributions of video, film, and slide imagery from dozens of creative contributors. It was originally inspired by artist Rafaël Rozendaal and is perfect for families who can picnic and watch!



The internationally acclaimed art festival NUIT BLANCHE will be transforming downtown Houston this Saturday, April 6 for its inaugural debut. Our fine-n-creative city will be transformed by the magic of art with unique installations dotted around City Hall and the Houston Public Library – all from noon to midnight. This unique celebration, free to the public, will engage highly regarded international artists and local luminaries as well as school children. Check it out!

Children's Museum of Houston


Kids can do the downward puppy at the Children’s Museum at their brand new “Yoga First Sundaysstarting this Sunday, April 7 at 2:30pm. There’s no need to register and the yoga is free with admission (click here to purchase tickets). It will be a fun 30-minute children's yoga session in which the kids will play with balance and practice stretches, poses, and breathing exercises. Chillax, ya’ll!

Boiling Point Players and Cone Man Running Productions


Cone Man Running Productions presents a Boiling Point Players production of “One Act Double Feature World Premiere,” which is continuing this weekend through April 10. Onstage are two shows: “Barren,” which is about parallel universes running amok and “Three of a Kind,” a modern exploration of preconceived gender roles through the story of a young couple's challenge to raise three unexpected triplets after their second date!

GUIDANCE SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10:30am-5:30pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. Let’s connect if you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both). I use my intuitive skills and my many years of studying people to help you FOCUS – on you, your dreams and desires, and how to manifest them. And if you don’t know what your passions are, I will guide you in discovering them. Finding your personal mission will exponentially increase your ability to succeed in life while also attracting an abundance of joy. Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store – 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at ‪713.993.0550 to book an appointment. NEW: I am now doing guidance sessions by telephone – we can connect from anywhere, anytime! Call me at 713.492.1173 for more information about that service. Please note that the fee for sessions by phone is the same.

Join me on Saturday, May 11, from 10am-noon (NEW TIME!) for my monthly Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston. We’ll tour the center, walk the labyrinth, and make art. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator and love sharing what I know with others! Register for the walk here or at the door. You’ll leave with your art, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on walking labyrinths. PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO WALK IN APRIL.

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks (Saturday, May 11) Intuitive Guidance Sessions (weekly on Mondays and by phone) Video: Celebrate "Poetry Month" with Houston's Poet Laureate Deborah "D.E.E.P." Mouton One-Act Fun with Boiling Point Players “NUIT BLANCHE” Festival Debuts Downtown Gish at the Movies: WorldFest Onscreen Free First Sundays Yoga at CMH Outdoor Film Fun at the Menil Get Crafty at "Hands-On Houston"